July 4, 2011

Oris TT3 Chronograph Black Review

Oris TT3 Chronograph Black Watch Review
  Not the typical watch seen by Oris up until now. Stealth is a hot trend and Oris did it right. The TT3 Chronograph Black is not “blacked out” for sake of trying to fit in, it is blacked out because Oris nailed it on the lesser talked about TT3 series. This TT3 is a perfect watch if you are looking for a stealthy, versatile, with a nice fit/finish. Likely, you will be the only one you know who owns one and will have no shortage of compliments on this bad boy.
  You can see hints of the TT1, the biggest difference being the TT3’s case shape. Besides shape, the case is made up of multi-piece titanium, done in PVD. The top outer ring has a tachymeter scale. Does anyone every use this feature on their watch? Moving on, the dial is no doubt the show stopper done in black carbon fiber. Like most watches, better appreciated in person. The TT3 Chronograph Black has 3 subdials, continues seconds, 30 minute, and a 12 hour counter. The continues seconds blends in with dial and is found at the 9 o’clock position. There is a date window tucked away inside the 6 o’clock subdial, keeping the watch face less busy. SuperLuminova BGW9 is used on the hands and indices. BGW9 lume glows in blue, a perfect choice by Oris for this watch. Powering the TT3 Chronograph is the Oris 674, based off of the trusted ETA 7750. The signature red rotor winds the watch to a 42 hour power reserve. 
  There is really not much to dislike like about the TT3, except the integrated strap. W&R much prefers watches you can change straps out on to something else. The integrated straps pretty much guarantees you will be enjoy this beauty on the Oris black rubber strap only. Other than this one point, the watch is a solid winner. 

Pros - Carbon fiber dial, well executed design, nice proportions

Consideration - Integrated strap

Case: Titanium
Case Diameter: 44.5mm
Crystal: Sapphire
Bezel: Fixed
Dial: Black Carbon Fiber
Strap: Rubber
Movmt: Oris 674
Base Movmt: Valjoux 7750 
Power Reserve: 42 hrs 
Water Resistant: 100m

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